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Branding the Presidents

By | clever, design, history, thought provoking | 2 Comments

Here’s a cool personal project from designer Meg Jannot — a Tumblr called Branding the Presidents. She’s designing each of the 44 presidents over the course of 44 days. A great exercise for any designer, and especially great for this breathless, rough-and-tumble election year. Nice work Meg!

I especially love how different they all are. Here are a few highlights. Click here to see the whole set on Tumblr. Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks Ilina!

Metropolitan Etiquette Authority

By | caught my eye, clever, design | 8 Comments

Have you ever lived in Manhattan? I have. And as much as I loved it there, one of the things that can be challenging is the sheer number of people — and their habits — you have to interact with every time you walk around. The lack of courtesy you might encounter on a 2 minute walk to the deli is astounding. Well artist Jay Shells has launched a guerilla art project that addresses just that — street etiquette. The signs are now popping up all around Manhattan. In addition to the fantastic “Pay Attention While Walking” sign he had a few others addressing some of the pet peeves bound to eat away at New Yorkers.

I hope this is an ongoing project. Do you have pet peeves that could benefit from some well-placed signage?

(Found at The Daily What.)

Superhero Taxonomy

By | clever, design, infographics | No Comments

The Illustrious Omnibus of Superpowers, created by Pop Chart Labs. A super handy taxonomy for all types of superhero powers.

Can’t remember who can Envelope body in Fiery Plasma? Just use their handy magnify tool to find out. Plus, it’s gorgeously designed with vintage muted colors and retro science lab shapes. A great gift for your favorite superhero lover. Or anyone who loves charts.

(Thanks for the tip Fanboy.com)

Indie Ferris Bueller

By | clever, video | 8 Comments

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was the ultimate coming-of-age movie for us Gen-Xers. It portrayed rebellion, soul-searching and fear of the future in a witty, charming and slapsticky package. And it even had Charlie Sheen winning way before Charlie Sheen was winning. If it came out today, instead of 1986, how would it fare against the sea of sensitive, coming-of-age, navel-gazing movies? This fantastic “new” trailer, recut by UK filmmaker Joseph Brett, makes me think it would do just fine.

Here’s the YouTube link if you can’t see the video below.

(Thanks Holiday Matinee!)

Looseleaf Tees

By | clever, wearable | 2 Comments

I’m loving these notebook paper inspired t-shirts from E for Effort (a collaboration between cool Brooklyn artists Beka Goedde and Rachel Ostrow) and Artware Editions. Each one is hand silkscreened, although I’m afraid that once I had one, I’d been tempted to get a sharpie out and write a note to my BFF during study hall. On the other hand, that might not be a bad thing.

Available for kids, grownups and even tiny kids. And, just in case your house isn’t already overrun by cool tote bags, there’s one of those too.

Check them all out and get one here.
Thanks for the tip LiquidTreat!

Paper Town Friends

By | clever, design, happy, istuff, kids, wearable | No Comments

Sit down friends. I have something great to show you. Really really great. It’s a new iPhone app called Paper Town Friends created by clever Robin Rosenthal. Paper Town Friends features a bunch of paper cut-out characters for you to dress with their very own paper cut-out clothes and hats and accessories.

Robin cut out by hand all the tiny clothes and shoes and hats in the app. And get this — they’re even tiny in real life! Teeny crocs — with holes! A wee shriner’s fez! Baby batik tunics! It’s all just so freakin adorable.


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And I love the effect it creates. The wonky shapes. The messy, decoupaged feel of it all. It’s like a soothing balm for the over-vectorized, over-digitized soul. Sweet and smart and omg so fun! Hooray for Robin! Yay for us! And okay, maybe I’ll let my kids play with it too.

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